Vanderbilt YMCA


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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Vanderbilt YMCA
224 East 47th Street, Midtown
New York, NY 10017
(212) 912-2500

Adult Admission Price & Policy

First visit: Free. Subsequent visits: $30.00 each. [May, 2015]
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Local Hotel(s)
Guests registered at the Vanderbilt YMCA's onsite accommodations [(212) 912-2504]: Free.
Note: Arrangements between hotels and pools change and we’re rarely notified when they do; if you’re considering making a reservation at a hotel based on the information in this listing, we recommend you contact the pool to make sure the deal is still an offer.
YMCA: Call.

Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
25y x 40f, 6 lanes, 4f depth, indoors, 80º - 82ºF (27º - 28ºC) [the East Pool].
Pool 2
20y x 20f, 3 lanes, indoors, 86º - 88ºF (30º - 31ºC) [the West Pool].


Near the United Nations and Grand Central Station, in Midtown, on the east side of Manhattan.
New York City (All 5 Boroughs)
40.753382, -73.971001

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
Click on the Team Name to view its website.

Facility Notes

Be sure to check the Y's website ("website", above) for any special pass promotions.
Non-member visitors must present valid, state-issued, photo ID and are limited to three visits per calendar year. The YMCA reserves the right to restrict day-pass usage at any time.
Bathing caps are required and are sold in the gift shop; "loaners" are not available. Towels are provided; padlocks are not.
The front desk now opens at 6 AM on weekdays, and 7:30 AM on weekends, which makes it possible for out-of-town visitors to participate in early morning swims, which used to be impossible because the front desk opened too late. [March, 2017]

Facility Reviews

By far the best pool I've found for out-of-towners in New York. Pool 1 appears always to be open and dedicated to lap swimmers.
Rating: 6 on a scale of 10. Cool, narrow, crowded, best for laps late at night or mid-afternoon.
Its one drawback is that it gets very crowded at peak times. As a New Yorker, I can say it is one of the best run lap swimming facilities in the city. The lanes are speed-graded by posted times, the temp is 80º - 81º F (27ºC), and the pool is open for laps all day. I'd give it an 8 or 9.
Very nice place. Not too crowded on a January Monday evening.
[January, 2014]
The pools are on the lowest floors; the large locker rooms are above that; the aerobic machines are at street level; and there's a great weight room one floor up from the street.

I just enjoyed two mornings here. The YMCA E-mail contact allowed two free uses on one pass; needed to show the front desk a copy of that e-mail.
[March, 2017]